Museums offer free admission for kids this summer


FORT GARLAND — History Colorado's Community Museums are excited to invite families to experience Colorado's history during the summer. Beginning Memorial Day through Labor Day, seven statewide history museums will offer free admission to kids 18 and under.

From historic homes to adobe forts, each museum tells the history of Colorado’s many cultures and prominent figures. This year, the Ute Indian Museum’s expanded and renovated museum in Montrose will be joining the museums to offer free admission for kids showcasing their new exhibits beginning June 10.

“Our museums are perfect for kids—using the power of play to teach kids about Colorado history,” stated Dawn DiPrince, director of Community Museums. "Our Free for Kids summer free admission offers opportunities for all kids to have access to hands-on educational experiences."

Admission for adults and seniors vary for each location. For information on scheduling tours and programming, please contact 719-583-0453.

  • Byers-Evans House Museum, Denver: Check out the new exhibit opening Memorial Day weekend, Carrying the Torch of Liberty: Colorado Women’s Work in World War I. The museum is open daily, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. House is on view by guided tour only.
  • El Pueblo History Museum, Pueblo: Get hands-on and experience tortilla making, adobe making and more in the trading post. Open daily, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, 12- 4 p.m.
  • Fort Garland Museum and Cultural Center, Fort Garland: Enjoy hands-on history as you tour this historic adobe fort. Open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Fort Vasquez, Platteville: After being closed for the winter, the site will open Memorial Day weekend with a renovated space and new interpretation. Open daily, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Healy House Museum and Dexter Cabin, Leadville: Beginning Memorial Day weekend, Healy House Museum and Dexter Cabin will be open daily with guided house tours from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Trinidad History Museum, Trinidad:  Explore the gardens, pick your own produce and enjoy your afternoon in front of the hornos. Families can experience hands-on activities and tours of the historic homes of prominent families in Trinidad. The museum is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Ute Indian Museum, Montrose: The renovated and expanded museum will re-open on June 10 to the public with new exhibits, new gift shop and beautiful architecture and design that reflects Ute culture. Open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

History Colorado's mission is to inspire generations to find wonder and meaning in our past and to engage in creating a better Colorado. Find History Colorado on all major social media platforms. Visit HistoryColorado.org or call (303) HISTORY for more information.

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